Deepings Raft Race will support Anna’s Hope

A POPULAR raft race is set to raise thousands of pounds for a children’s charity.

The Rotary Club of the Deepings has taken over the organisation of this year’s Deepings Raft Race which takes place on Sunday.

The club has chosen as its main charity Stamford-based Anna’s Hope which raises money to fund research into childhood brain tumours and improve support services for patients and their families.

Trustee Carole Hughes, who set up the charity in memory of her three-year-old daughter Anna, said: “Since Anna’s Hope was founded five years ago we have been amazed and very grateful for the support we have had from the local community.

“We are honoured to be involved in such a famous local event and are extremely grateful to the Deepings Rotary Club for supporting us.

“We are looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic event and would be delighted to see people at our stand during the event.”

Proceeds from the race and fun day will be donated toe charities and representatives will be collecting money throughout the day.

Staff from White Stuff in High Street, Stamford, will enter a raft into the event. They already support Anna’s Hope as their chosen charity.

Manager Emma Fulwood said: “We are extremely excited about entering a raft into this year’s raft race. It’s a great chance for us to support our local community and for our chosen charity, Anna’s Hope.

“Everyone at White Stuff has been working hard to raise money for this important local charity.”

This year’s raft race has a mystical creatures theme. The action starts at midday on Sunday with stalls in High Street, Market Deeping.

Organisers expect up to 75 teams will enter the races, including an under 16s and ladies’ race, which start from Black Gate at 1pm.

Rotarian Kevin Barber, of King Street, West Deeping, is looking forward to the day.

He said: “It is a great and exciting challenge for Deepings Rotary to take on such a high profile event, but with the usual help and support from the people of the Deepings, we look forward to a highly successful weekend raising money for charity.

Local primary schools have designed banners to advertise the event around the area.

They are available to view at www.deepingsraftrace.co.uk where you can vote for your favourite until August 14. The winner will be announced on August 16.